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The dead and lost son

June 26, 2014

The beautiful story of a dead and lost son, commonly known as the prodigal son, is an allegory of a selfish, wasteful life that through the process of being stripped to nothing and hitting rock bottom, finds redemption.

After he hit rock bottom, the first ray of hope we find is “But when he came to himself,”. Here we see that he began to see his need. Without “need” there is no turning back.

Then he purposes what he is going to do.
“I will arise and go to my father,”
He then purposes what he is going to say.
“I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son…”

After he purposes, he then follows through with his purpose.
“And he arose and came to his father.” He then confessed his sin and his unworthiness.

Then the father was quick and right there ready to forgive and give him his best, the “Best robe”, and “A ring on his hand”, and “Sandals on his feet”.
Then….. the father has a feast prepared along with a big party.

Then, lest we forget, the father makes a very important statement about his son. “he was dead”. “he was lost”.
Certainly the father was not talking about the sons physical death because he never died. But, he was talking about a spiritual death. This shows how sinning against the Father brings spiritual death that makes one lost from the Father.

In the end of the story, the father says to the other son that was jealous and angry about what his brother was receiving,
“It was right that we should make merry and be glad (threw a big party)
Why? “for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”
What a God!
(see Lk.15:11-32)

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Chasing dreams, or?

May 6, 2014

Just like God….
Yesterday morning, i was given this thought….
“We can spend our whole lives chasing our dreams, or we can get filled with God and begin to find out what we were created to “Be” and to “Do” while we are living here for a few days on this planet.”

Then i get on the bus….
I see a guy coming down the aisle to the back. He appears to be uncertain or lost. Then he does a little spin around before he sits down.
I say to him, “hey! How’s it going?”
His reply? “Good! Just having a “Dreamy life”. Bing!

Then i shared with him what i had received, “We can spend our whole lives chasing our dreams….”
So we spent the next 25 mins. in conversation about dreams, God/Jesus, the need for a spiritual birth etc. He also mentioned how he used to have a “Gideon bible” and enjoyed reading it. Bing!
I had one in my back pocket, which i graciously gave him.

As i have said many times, “God is all about people”. He will daily lead you to people, or bring them right to you. And if, we are not off in our own little world, and have the blinders removed, we will see the realm (kingdom) of God come here on earth.

A Cannabis bus ride

November 22, 2013

Sittin in the back corner and here comes a guy with a “Cannabis” hat on and sits right next to me in the center seat. I asked him if he knew a guy that i know that gathers signatures for legalizing it. He said that he has seen him at the square.
That led into him sharing for the next 20 minutes about his Cannabis life. I listened to him talk about the upcoming legalization of it and how its going to be marketed etc.

I soon told him about my “pot smoking days” in my earlier years. We had common ground and this guy was really into it. He even pulled out of his backpack, a very detailed binder with all kinds of technical info., pics etc. He was a third generation expert in the care of, the study of, and the actual growing and selling also. Soon he even broke out his jar and showed me some of his finest.

I saw my stop coming up the road and was telling the Holy Spirit how i really needed his help in causing this guy to stop for a second so we could leave him with something.
He did.
I thanked him for sharing and gave my testimony of how i used to be all into that, but after about six years, i was born again and soon that desire was taken away and replaced with the power of the Holy Spirit. I told him that i can honestly say that experiencing God as you are living in the Spirit is no where even on the same planet as being temporarily high.

He had this look on his face as i smiled and shook his hand and handed him a “Born of the Spirit” card and said, “God bless you!”. And off the bus we went.

Disqualified in the race?

November 12, 2013

download         As a kid growing up with “stock car racing” in the family, I remember the “Black Flag”. If you were racing on the track and the official waived that flag as you went by, you were disqualified and you had to pull off the track and go to the pits immediately.

After the Apostle Paul had just finished writing about how he “became all things to all men that he might save some” and “for the gospel’s sake”, he then likens it to a “Race”.

If we have been born again, we are put into this race. We should look at this race as if “one is going to receive the prize”. We should thus run as one who is going to run in such a way that we will “obtain”, or “win the prize”.

In this race to win, there is no indication of sitting back folding the arms and enjoying the ride. If that were the case, then of course, one would not even be in the race in the first place. Sitting on the sidelines watching and doing nothing would be the case.

The Apostle Paul then lists the key to “obtaining the prize”. And what might that be?

TEMPERANCE. Basically, self-control. It is one of the “fruits of the Spirit”. He said that everyone who “competes for the prize”, or actually is in the race, is temperate in ALL THINGS. What! All things? Whoa!

And what might this “prize” be that he is referring to? It is an “imperishable crown”. Nothing of this world. This is not a literal crown. This is “THE CROWN OF LIFE”. It’s the crown that Jesus refers to that will be given to all those that will be “faithful unto death”. (Rev.2:10)

Paul goes on to say, that because of this, he runs “not with uncertainty”. There is NO not knowing where one is going. No haphazardly living involved here. One is to be “striving to win”. He likens it to a “fight”. It’s a battle. And if we are not in the race, there is NO battle, NO striving.

Fighting to win the crown of life. Not “effortless” living, but spiritual fighting, spiritual living.

He then closes his discourse with the main subject that he is referring to. “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection”. There is NO winning without discipline. Any coach will tell us that. And here, the Apostle Paul is coaching us. Not only here, but throughout God’s word we find almost unlimited references to spiritual discipline. We find how very important it is to keep our fleshly appetites at bay. Why? Because the Spirit wars against them. One is going to win. The question is, which one?

The bottom line is this. There can be NO winning the crown without discipline/temperance. NONE.

He sums up the reason why this is so important. Because all of us are “preaching” to other’s. We might not be up on the podium at church, or on the street corner preaching, but our lives are preaching to other’s everyday. They are watching and listening.

Would we want to become “disqualified” in this race?

(see 1Cor.9:19-27)

Of first importance. A reminder….

November 6, 2013

We who are alive in God through Christ Jesus tend to easily forget that those who have yet to be “born again” are dead spiritually. I think that this happens for several reasons. One is that we of course are in this physical existence and we tend to see only that. We tend to think in human terms. We see the person in front of us as alive, yet all the time we are talking to a spiritually dead person. Now of course, if all we are talking about is things of the natural, it is no big deal. But, if we are sharing anything spiritual, we must first be reminded of what kind of condition the person in front of us may be in.

Many of us spent countless hours trying to convince them why they need God. From an intellectual standpoint of view, this may sound like the approach that we must always take. If we have been “born of the Spirit” and the Spirit is leading us in conversation to talk in generality, that’s one thing. But, after a few minutes we must be reminded of what we are dealing with. The main importance must continually be in view. And what might that be? It is that the dead person cannot understand until they come alive. Not until the “light of the glorious gospel should shine upon them”.

Wait a minute!

Was the gospel ever shared with this person? Did we at all remember the key to them being able to “see?” Did we just continue talking to them as if they understood?

We all must be continually reminded that a dead person does not see while dead. It is impossible. Along with that is the fact that one also does not “hear” unless they are alive. I am not trying to be “funny” here, but have you ever went to a graveyard and sat down next to a tombstone and tried to convince them to come alive by talking about everything that has nothing to do with the gospel? The same would be true with a person who is alive physically, but yet dead spiritually.

Here are some important scriptures to help remind us of this very important fact.

First, I believe that Jesus’ account of the story of Nicodemus is of extreme importance. And why might that be? Because of the little three letter word “see” found in John 3:3. Its Greek meaning has to do with “to know, be aware of, knowledge, perceive, understand”.

The natural man cannot receive anything of the Spirit. See 1Cor.2:14.

Keeping in mind that the spiritually dead cannot understand, we must also be reminded that they are blind. Spiritually dead and spiritually blind are one of the same. Those who are “perishing” are dead. There is a “veil” upon their eyes so that they cannot “see”. This can only be removed by the “gospel of Christ”. This is also a good reminder that we should not “preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord”. See 2Cor.4:3-5.

Spiritually dead and “blindness of heart” are also one of the same. Understanding comes from the heart. The unconverted heart, the unregenerate heart, is blind. By this, the mind and its understanding is blind also. See Eph.4:17-18.

The unsaved, the unregenerate, “walk about in darkness”. The darker the heart, the more they walk in darkness, and the darker it gets. But yet, always being reminded that any heart that has not been made new is dark.

This whole teaching about “hearing, seeing, understanding and perceiving” goes way back to the time of the old prophets. Jesus and the apostle Paul also taught from their teachings.

The spiritually dead can hear, but its only physical hearing. They cannot “understand”. They also can see physically, but not spiritually. They cannot “perceive”. See Isaiah 6:9-10. Jeremiah 5:21. Ezek.12:2. Jesus in Matt.13:14-15, Mk.4:12, Lk.8:10, Jn.12:40-41. The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:8.

In closing, my hearts desire is that we would all be reminded of the great need to share the true gospel of Christ Jesus so that the person, or persons that we are brought to, might be made alive and thus be able to “see, understand and hear”. Oh yeah, less I forget, they also cannot “enter” unless they are “born of the Spirit” (see Jn.3:5)Image

God bless you as you go out!

Have you believed in God’s love for you yet?

October 16, 2013

God in his love provided a way for you to not come into judgement for your offences and what they require. He has provided a way to be forgiven and justified. It is only through His Son, Christ Jesus, who was the provision, the atonement for sin. That’s God’s love for you!

You don’t have to come into condemnation (judgement) for that which your offences require. You get to escape the just due penalty that they deserve, by believing on the Christ that was provided for you by God’s great love for you.

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (atonement) for our sins.” (1Jn.4:10)

“By this was the love of God towards us made known, for God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (4:9)

We can’t live in God unless we believe on the Son and his atonement for us. Why? Because sin demands death. It goes all the way back to the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve. God gave them one commandment and said that if they broke that command, “they would surely die”.

To live we must receive the love that He provided through his Sons atonement. This is how we receive life, and life eternal.

Believe and receive.

God’s love or his divine justice?

June 13, 2012

Most of us like everything about God that has to do with his love. Yes, he is certainly LOVE.

But, just how closely does his love and justice run together? Now, we all want justice to be served while crime is being done on this earth, right? If someone commits a crime that is against someone else, we want justice, right?

What about God and the ultimate crime (so to speak) against Him? The crime against all He is and all He stands for, His Holiness. Wow, now that is something that you will not hear about everyday. Who is talking about God’s holiness in this day? When was the last time you heard about it? Even, when was the last sermon at church you heard about it? Well, maybe if you attend a “hell-fire and damnation” church, and if so, your probably tired of hearing about it, or maybe you have heard so much about it, that there isn’t an ounce of God’s love in you. If that’s the case, you need to fall on your knee’s and cry out to God for more of his love.

His love and his justice must be balanced.

In the evermore popular book of John, in the most popular chapter three, Jesus takes us through both “Love” and “Justice”. I always love how we do not need to get complicated in God’s word to see how clear and to the point He is. The problem is and always has been, our minds, our intellect wants to complicate the simple truths of God.

I am going to share what He gave me this morning from John 3:16-20, 36.

“Out of God’s love, he gave his Son as the sacrifice for Sin. By believing that He did this, and receiving personally this atonement of His Son for our sins, we escape condemnation which is God’s divine justice for sin. By believing in the atonement of Jesus for our sins, we escape death (to the soul) and receive everlasting life. It is either death of life for eternity.”

“Always remembering that God did not send his Son to punish or even sentence us with death, but to save us from it.”

“All those who believe what God has given us through His Son, will have eternal life. But, those who do not believe what He has given, will receive divine justice for their sins. This judgement will be because they have refused The Light (Jesus) and have loved darkness more than Light. And, all the while, they practice darkness and despise the Light more and more. They don’t want the Light because they know that it exposes their darkness. And, why would one want to be exposed?”

“By believing in His Son, which provides for us the atonement needed, we get to experience God’s love. It’s not just “hear say”, but living a life of His love.”

“But, those who do not believe in the Son, will not get to experience this eternal life. And, hard to swallow, but true according to His word, will abide under the wrath or anger of God. And we must always be reminded that the “wrath” comes only because of sin. It is easy to forget this. God’s anger is not on the individual who refuses His Son, but on the sin which has yet to be atoned for. Unatoned sin brings forth God’s wrath. If in doubt of this, take some time and read God’s book. From front to back it deals with sin and atonement.”

God bless you with His love!

A day of cuttin it straight forward

April 13, 2012

It seems like God is having me lay it out with a lot of straight forwardness the last couple of weeks. I believe it is because of the shortness of time and also because more and more people have chosen to live in rebellion. Here in America, there is No excuse.

Us street preachers get to see first hand rebellion come in many different ways. If one is preaching in the Spirit then they get to see into the things of the Spirit as people pass by. I would have to say that most definitely over the last couple of years I am seeing more and more how Satan has blinded their eyes. Many pass as if they are not hearing, or even care to hear a word of what is being said. Blank stares and who cares seem to be the norm anymore. But, as we know, if God doesn’t quicken them, than they remain dead and in darkness.

But, I am so thankful that there are those who are called of God to proclaim the Gospel to the masses as they pass by. There will certainly be No excuse on that day.

We see all the time how Satan has blinded them through sin. And, not only sin, but the world. Most are so intrenched in the world and it’s materialism, that they cannot even give the Gospel one thought.

Today the Spirit was having me share again “Light and darkness”. Also, we shared about the “prison-house” of sin. I’m thankful when the Spirit has it come out with such clarity and simplicity. No high and lofty theology or religious junk. It basically comes out that without Jesus they are dead spiritually and there is No life in them. Without Him they are in darkness. Also, that many won’t come to the Light because they love darkness.

“Point blankness” fell upon the city again today. The Spirit called it out for what it was. There was no “beaten around the bush”. There was no “sugar coatin” either. I’m thankful for the boldness of the Holy Spirit. I believe because of the shortness of time, we are going to hear more and more from the Spirit preaching it straight and clear. And, by all means, it is done in love. Love for their eternal bound souls.

I am seeing into the Spirit more and more how the serious of what is at stake. On several occasions today, the Spirit had us say things like, “It’s time to quit playing around with God!”. “It’s time to get right with God!”. “Wake up!”. “Somebody turn on the light!”. “You’re either in God’s kingdom or Satan’s. There is No middle ground, or gray area!”. “It all comes down to Light or darkness, Life or death!”

So, as a follower of Jesus, are you awaken to the needs around you? Do you see the needs in your circle of influence? Are you able to distinguish between light and dark? Are you able to hear the Spirit? Are you consumed with those who are dying all around you? Do you care? Are you operating in the gifts and callings that God has placed upon you? If so, are they for His kingdom, or your own?

God help us! The cries are going to get louder. Will we see and hear? Or has Satan blinded our eyes? Do we have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying? Do we care?

A “Hit and miss” life

January 28, 2012

But the “Hit” is always temporary.

What’s the definition of a “Hit and miss” life? Going through out life and always trying something new. Always running after something different. Always waiting for the weekend and thus miss living through out the week. Going from one job to the next. Going from one house to the next. Going from one relationship to the next. Always wanting, but never finding true peace, true contentment, true joy and satisfaction. In the end, it will be a wasted like.

Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have life more abundantly” (Jn.10:10b). The “abundant” life is living for God and experiencing Him while your on this earth. Then life takes on real peace, contentment, joy and satisfaction. It’s the only way to have and to experience it.

“In your quest for knowledge, don’t forget Jesus”

January 21, 2012

He was a 24yr. old guy who was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When he got into High School, he decided to take his stand with those who just say regarding God, “I just don’t know”.

I had just sat down at the back of the bus, when along comes this guy and parks at the back, two seats away. I knew right off the bat that this was no “happen chance” here. So, I said “Hi” and handed him a card. He looked at it and handed it back. (Most of the times when this happens, I smile and say “Ok” and or “God bless you”. I am so thankful that I didn’t this time)

After he handed it back, I said, “so you’re not interested in God?” Then the hour-long dialogue started. I love them. Dialogues are of course, you talk, I listen. I talk, you listen. How often do you see this? How often do you partake in one? Dialogues give the Holy Spirit time to operate, instead of “land-blasting”, then they look at their phone after about 10 minutes and say, “hey, I gotta go now”. While this dialogue is taking place, your listening to what the other person is saying, and the Holy Spirit is giving you something to say off of what they are saying. While he is listening, the Holy Spirit is moving upon his heart. It’s awesome!

Now, here was a guy who was no doubt, very intelligent. It didn’t take me very long to figure out what was going on with him. I have met many people over the years that have allowed their knowledge, their reasoning to get in the way. He was going to college to get a major in mathematics. Believe me, this guy had some smarts. He talked about stuff that was way off my charts, for sure. The Holy Spirit just had me listen, then He would give me some stuff to remind him of Christ. We went into the Gospels, and also shared a little regarding Solomon.

Besides being reminded about Jesus, we shared how God is Spirit, and that it takes a spiritual birth to enter and to understand His Kingdom. At times, he would grasp a little, then his brain would kick in and off he would go to another planet. That was OK, because the Spirit knew just how to circumvent his reasoning and bring it back to the basics. I am so thankful that it doesn’t matter how smart, or not how smart you are, God can deal with anything.

So, towards the end of our conversion, the Spirit had me ask him if He ever remembered being born again while he was younger. He could not pin-point a time, and seemed to not clearly remember a time where he knew for sure. So, I reminded him of the necessity again.

My stop came, and it was time to get off. The Spirit had me lean over to him and tap him on the shoulder and say, “In your quest for knowledge, don’t forget Jesus”. We both smiled, shook hands and parted. I hope to see him someday 🙂